Wisconsin Sued Over Living Wage Ruling

We reported to you back at the beginning of this month on a ruling by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development that rejected a complaint by labor advocates that about 100 low-wage workers were not being paid a “living wage” as required by a 1913 state law.  Well, it seems that one of the labor-backed…

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More Politics On Minimum Wage

You will recall that initiatives to increase the federal minimum wage began when President Obama identified it as a goal of his second term back in 2013.  Although the issue has been a non-starter at the federal level in Congress, Vice President Joe Biden was trying to breathe more life into it at a speech…

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Representing Her Constituents?

As you all know too well, last week was the latest SEIU and affiliate-planned worker protests seeking a mandated $15/hour minimum wage and the first undertaking on the foundation of civil disobedience.  In the aggregate, dozens of protesters and SEIU agitators were arrested in a number of cities across the country.  What you might have…

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Illinois Bans the Box on Job Applications

Seemingly following suit with a handful of other state around the country, Illinois legislature recently passed and Governor Quinn signed into law legislation that “bans the box” on job application questionnaires.  “Ban the box” legislation restricts the ability of potential employers to ask applicants about any criminal record they may have until such time as…

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Illinois Adds Pregnancy Accommodation to Human Rights Act

Last week, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act that provide additional protections for pregnancy and childbirth.  Under the amendments, pregnancy is defined to include “pregnancy, childbirth, or medical or common conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth.”  The law also takes effect on January 1, 2015 and its key…

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Chicago To Push Minimum Wage At City Level

In a reversal of his earlier position on the issue, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel this week announced that he will try to pass a minimum wage ordinance increasing the minimum wage within the Windy City to $13/hour by 2018 – regardless of what is done with the minimum wage at the state level in Illinois. …

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Milwaukee Sends Minimum Wage Question To The Ballot

Increases to state minimum wages (and creation of municipal minimums) continues to dominate much of the local political discussion in certain progressive pockets around the country.  And now, here come initiatives from a county government about the issue as well.  Despite the urging of Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele that the money for the referendum…

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Campus Locations Making the Grade

Three days a week, Virginia Tech freshman Alex Hauser leaves his first class of the day and heads straight to his personal recharge station—the Dunkin’ Donuts located within Owens Hall. “It’s easy to access between classes, the line is never too long, and the workers really put out the orders quickly and efficiently,” he says.…

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Ohio Tries To Ban Tip Pooling

In yet another glaring example of a solution desperately in search of a problem, a bill pending in the Ohio state legislature seeks to ban tip pooling in Ohio restaurants.  The Tip Fairness Act (HB 534), which was introduced earlier this session by Representative Nickie Antonio, would ban tip pools completely across the state.  As…

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